The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia. Waiting, preclusion & exclusion periods for YA

Which periods apply to YA?

The following waiting periods may apply to YA:

  • liquid assets (1.1.L.50) test waiting period, known as the LAWP, AND
  • compensation lump sum preclusion period (1.1.C.260), AND
  • newly arrived resident's waiting period (1.1.N.70), known as the NARWP, AND
  • income maintenance period (1.1.I.60), known as the IMP, AND
  • seasonal work preclusion period (3.1.7) known as the SWPP, AND
  • ordinary waiting period (, known as the OWP (applies to YA jobseekers only).

Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'waiting period'

Employment related exclusion periods

In addition, the following employment related exclusion periods MAY apply to unemployed recipients ONLY; they do NOT apply to full-time students or Australian Apprentices:

  • RapidConnect non-payment period, AND
  • move to area of lower employment exclusion period, known as the MALEP, AND
  • unemployment due to industrial action exclusion period.

Act reference: SSAct section 16A Seasonal work definitions, section 553 Employment-related exclusions, section 553B Move to area of lower employment prospects

Policy reference: SS Guide 1.1.E.164 Exclusion period, 3.1.2 Waiting & preclusion periods, 3.1.7 Seasonal work preclusion period, Move to area of lower employment prospects for JSP, YA & SpB recipients, 3.11.12 Initial connection to employment services (RapidConnect), 3.11.2 Job Plans

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